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Welcome Back to Oakhill!
We know that there may be lots of questions and we encourage you to submit them as we guide you through the return process so that we can address them in a Frequently Asked Questions document. Watch the walkthrough recordings here.
Submit your questions about the plan here:
Presidential Service Award Recipients
The Presidential Service Award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month period. At Oakhill Day School, our students earn 45 service hours by the end of their middle school career. The students below have all gone above and beyond that goal, in a single school year, and we couldn’t be more impressed and proud of each one of them. At minimum, they volunteered at least one hour a week at school, at church, making masks, clearing trails, raising money for good causes, and so much more. We love their incredible dedication to those other than themselves. Thank you to the parents too! They wouldn’t be able to earn these hours without you!
(from left to right)
Mary Kimmerle - 56.5 - Bronze
Alyssa Hiegert - 66 - Bronze
Cooper Riddle - 50 - Bronze
Kai Somasegaran - 115 - Gold
Jonas Beckham - 51.25 - Bronze
Jaiden Phung - 52.75 - Bronze
Andy Phung - 52.75 - Bronze
Mia Zdvorak - 306 - Gold
Introducing Maggie Chandler ...
We are excited to introduce to the Oakhill community our new School Wellness Counselor, Maggie Chandler! This new position is one that teachers and administrators are excited to have as we all navigate uncharted territories.
We have had a relationship with Maggie over the past few years. Maggie has served as the Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health and they happen to office on the third floor of our South Building. Maggie has been a trusted resource and friend that has provided parents, faculty, and students with valuable training and resources. Her calm, easy-going personality makes her very approachable and her knowledge makes her invaluable.
Maggie grew up in Southern California and completed her degree in Montana. Upon graduation, she worked as a medical scribe, a public health intern, and a global health advocacy intern. She moved to KC in 2018 and worked briefly as a shelter advocate prior to joining Tri-County Mental Health.
Maggie will use a wraparound approach to develop a dynamic counseling program focused on educating Oakhill students, teachers, and parents on mental wellness. Although her main office will be in the South Building, Maggie will serve both campuses and all Oakhill students. Having collaborated with Oakhill in the past, Maggie say she "loves the inviting environment and the efforts made in prioritizing students' overall wellbeing." She is passionate about mental wellness and building resilience within our youth. Her work at Tri-County has allowed her to make strong connections in the Northland that she will be able to utilize in her new role.
On a personal level, Maggie comes from a very large and very close family with over 20 cousins. She has been with her high school sweetheart since the age of 16 who she married in July 2019. She's a dog person, with two named Maisie and Blue and she absolutely adores them both! And last, but definitely not least, she and her husband Brandon are expecting their first baby GIRL in November!
Maggie will be joining us in August and we can't wait for you to meet her!
Below is the link to a brief survey about our school's counseling program. We want your voice and input to make sure I am providing the best services I can to your children. Please take some time and complete this for me so that I can make sure I'm programming as best I can to meet the needs of our kiddos. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!
Help the Booster Club Promote Panther Athletics!
The Oakhill Booster Club is a parent-driven organization; run by parent volunteers, and overseen by the Booster Club Board and the Athletics Director. The purpose of the Booster Club is to support the athletic programs at Oakhill in a variety of ways such as fundraising, special events, selling concessions, athletic banquets, locker décor, etc. We help promote, support, and improve extracurricular and athletic programs as well as help to enhance the student and student-athlete experience. Money raised through Booster Club directly benefits the students and athletes at Oakhill through the purchase of uniforms, gym equipment, recognition events, and more.
The Oakhill Booster Club is composed of a Board and liaisons from each division level of the school. Our current Booster Club Board consists of:
An Le (President) - 2-year term
Sarah Somasegaran (VP) - 2-year term
Cam Kirkpatrick (Treasurer) - 2-year term
Briana DeHaemers & Mary Steinle (MS liaisons)
Nicole White (LS liaison)
We still have open positions for the Board Secretary and Liaisons for Intermediate and Early Childhood. If you are interested in any of these positions or would just like to come and see what we're all about and get involved with Booster, we welcome you!
Last, but not least, we are interested in having parent representatives for each sport season (girls volleyball, basketball, boys volleyball, track & field, and cross country). Parent reps will help us plan for the athletic season events and activities to enhance the student-athlete experience as well as help communicate with athletes and their families.
If you are interested in learning more about Booster Club or serving on the board, please reach out to An Le.
Thank you for your support of Oakhill and our Athletics program!
Meet the Student Success Specialist!
We are excited about Brenda Bock's new role this fall! Brenda has over 25 years in education and her love for the students comes through in all she does! Ms. Bock is transitioning this summer into a customized new position, The Student Success Specialist, one that has our students' social, emotional, and academic success at the core. Oakhill's teachers and staff help empower our students and we are excited about this additional layer to building up their personal achievements.
The Student Success Specialist will support all Oakhill students in achieving their academic best through student conferencing and goal setting, score analysis, family support, and expectations, and teacher support in providing differentiated learning to meet each student's needs. All students will be guided to become advocates for themselves, knowing their strengths and challenges and encouraged to work to their maximum potential.
"Learning how I Learn" will be a team effort with students, teachers, and parents uniting to stretch the student's academic growth and Ms. Bock will be at the helm of execution.
Ms. Bock is ready to work with all Oakhill students, helping them exceed what they thought was their personal best! For more information or to congratulate Ms. Bock, please feel free to reach out!
The Admissions Office Today
Admissions season for Oakhill always starts in late winter with the busiest time being in the spring. It is an exciting time of growth and renewal as we get ready for a new school year.
This year, the admissions process had to pivot, taking on a new look because our campus was closed due COVID. Many prospective families were not able to visit the campus or have in-person student visits for their children from March through today.
Although the community is unable to experience Oakhill in person, there were many ways to grow our community from afar, as I've spent my summer days answering current and prospective families' questions about what school will look like in the Fall as we walked through uncertain times. We immediately made changes to our website with information on our virtual admissions procedures, Oakhill's programming, curriculum, and more. We flipped to offering virtual tours instead of campus tours (although you just don't quite get the feel of Oakhill over a computer screen as you do walking our buildings!). We focused on sharing our mission with those in our surrounding community.
Some of our families have and are facing increased financial insecurity and hardships. Many of our Panthers were furloughed or laid off, businesses closed, hours cut. In order to keep our amazing families, we created the Emergency Aid Fund and some have already tapped into this to help over the last few and coming months. Although the initial offering is closed, we do anticipate revisiting the idea in the future if needed as the effects from COVID continue.
In talking with our current families as the start of school is drawing near, we are working to meet the needs of all of our students, keeping them safe and healthy upon our return to campus in August. For example, our Early Childhood Division will be staying open should another quarantine take place this school year. If our other divisions are forced to close, our Distance Learning Task Force spent countless hours planning over the summer months so that we have a swift and smooth transition to distance learning via Oakhill @ Home. Teachers and administrators have worked tirelessly, putting in hundreds of hours to have a solid, top-notch distance learning program for those needing to take advantage of a program or if our K-8th students have to move off-campus.
We are excited to say that enrollment at Oakhill for the upcoming school year hasn't stalled during all of this! Many new families are looking at Oakhill as an option. We have been working hard on the opportunities that COVID has presented our community, including working on new programming for our students. Oakhill will come out stronger because of this experience!
Thank you to each of you for sticking in there with us. We cannot wait to have everyone back on campus in just a few short weeks. It is a great time to share Oakhill with your family, friends, and neighbors who might be looking for other options of what school could look like this fall for their children.
Don't forget, Oakhill has a referral program as a thank you for sharing our school community with those in your circle! We provide tuition credit to your account in November that can be used during the school year. We do this for each new family referred to and enrolled at Oakhill!
We believe that great families know great families and Oakhill families are great families who value education. Our hope is that you share Oakhill with people in your lives who value education as much as you do, and we want to reward you for doing just so!
How it works:
If we receive a 5 Full Day student that your family referred, you will receive a $500 credit on your account! In addition to the $500 credit for a 5 Full Day signed contract ($50 per half-day), we will track all referrals this school year rewarding those families with the most contacts which come to fruition.
As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out! We are Oakhill Strong and I am looking forward to a great 20-21 School Year!
Why choose an independent private education?
By choosing an independent private education, you have the opportunity to choose a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching style fit your child. Independent private schools can also offer your family small class sizes, excellent teachers, and high academic standards.
Oakhill Day School is a place where children discover themselves as learners in a community where they feel valued and known. We invite you to learn more about the active learning that happens here!